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April 24, 2019

This edition of The Opportunity Agenda's weekly action alert system offers tools and tips for using breaking news to frame and advance economic opportunity and racial justice solutions between April 24 - May 1, 2019. If you'd like to get The Amp delivered to your inbox, click the "Sign Up" button on the left.

Amplify Values In These Emerging Issues

#CountMeIn to Protect the Census

This week the Supreme Court heard oral argumenta in the census citizenship case. As the justices consider the case, we need to discuss the importance of a fair and accurate count in 2020 and how vital it is that all communities are counted. Cite the values of Community and Voice when discussing the case.

Resist Proposal to Restrict Housing for Immigrants


Media outlets are reporting that the Trump administration is preparing a new proposal that would further restrict immigrant access to federal housing assistance. Undocumented immigrants  are currently ineligible for housing subsidies but can live with eligible family members. This proposal could change that policy and tear families apart. There will be a 60-day public comment period starting soon. When discussing this development, cite the values of Economic Security and Community.

Upcoming Media Hooks & Events

During the Month of April


The Prison Fellowship is wrapping up Second Chance Month to recognize the dignity and potential of 70 million Americans with criminal records who have repaid their debt to society. Join the campaign and cite the values of Redemption and Mobility.


It’s also the end of Medicaid Awareness Month, which has focused on a different topic each week. This week, advocates will focus on the cost of sabotaging or undermining Medicaid expansion. And on April 30th, there’s a day of action (see more below). When talking about Medicaid, cite the values of Economic Security and Community.

Wednesday, April 24


On this day in 2017, New Orleans began removing Confederate monuments from the city. Many monuments remain across the U.S., and several cities and states continue to celebrate Confederate Memorial Day. Discuss this anniversary and the underlying problem citing the values of Community, Voice, and Equality.


National Bail Out is bailing out Black mamas and caregivers across the country in May. This month, you can learn more about planning a successful bail-out action through their webinar series. At 6pm EST today, they’re discussing “Communications Best Practices” in a free webinar. See the webinar recording here and the link to the notes here. Also see National Bail Out's Free Black Mama's resource folder here

Thursday, April 25


On this day in 1993, the March on Washington for Lesbian, Gay and Bisexual Equal Rights and Liberation became one of the largest protests in American history with more than one million participants. “Transgender” was omitted from the title because organizers failed to gain support for its addition. With the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Riots in a few months, it’s important to note moments when LGBTQ people have stood up for their rights. Cite the values of Community and Voice when discussing this anniversary.

Friday, April 26


Lesbian Day of Visibility provides a platform to speak out on the issues facing female sexual minorities. Use this hook to discuss intersectional issues for the LGBT community, including racial and economic justice. Cite the values of Economic Security, Community, and Voice.

Sunday, April 28


On Workers Memorial Day, labor unions and organizations working for occupational safety remember those who have suffered and died on the job, while renewing the fight for safe jobs. Cite the values of Economic Security, Community, and Voice when discussing this day.

Wednesday, May 1

by Eric Drooker

Across the country, immigrant leaders and allies will lead marches, rallies, protests, and town halls for May Day. A coalition of organizations called Freedom Cities is also planning events across the country. Use this opportunity to talk about the values of Community and Economic Security.


At 6pm EST, National Bail Out is holding a webinar about advocacy for bailing out Black mamas and caregivers across the country. Register here.

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